"North Lustral Basin"

"North Lustral Basin" (HM1LSN)

Location: 714 09
Country: Greece
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N 35° 17.902', E 25° 9.784'

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The room before you resembles a cistern. Its floor is lower than the surrounding area and is reached by steps. The "Lustral Basin" was surrounded by columns and was lined with slabs of gypsum giving it a luxurious appearance. In its present form, the area has been completely reconstructed by Evans (Figure 1).

Areas with a similar arrangement have been found in other parts of the Palace of Knossos, as well as at other palaces and in important Minoan buildings of the period (1700 - 1450 B.C.). It is not known how these places were used. However, from their construction it seems that they would not have been filled with water, nor was there any drainage. Evans thought that they were used in purification ceremonies and therefore called these places "Lustral Basins". Evans also believed that the Palace was a sacred place. That is why, in his opinion, the "Lustral Basin" in question was used to purify visitors going into the Palace via the neighboring North Entrance.
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Date Added Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 at 2:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)35S E 332977 N 3907679
Decimal Degrees35.29836667, 25.16306667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 17.902', E 25° 9.784'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 17' 54.12" N, 25° 9' 47.04" E
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near Dedalou, 714 09, GR
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